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Prescription for the Planet: The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises Paperback – Large Print, September 16, 2008
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Faced with global crises on all sides, national leaders and policymakers are either lost in denial or groping blindly for solutions. Will they desperately attempt to merely manage problems like global warming, pollution, and resource wars, or will they overturn the old order in favor of a new world paradigm that actually solves these problems and promises a better life for all?
Those policymakers who sound the alarm over these issues and declare sweeping goals like energy independence and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are hailed for their bold vision, yet none of them have offered a viable plan to reach those goals. But wishing will not make it so. We need real solutions, and we need them now.
Prescription for the Planet provides a roadmap to the post-scarcity era. It explains in clear and straightforward prose how three little-known technologies can be employed in a wondrous synergy to neutralize many of the most pressing dilemmas of our time. And unlike those who warn how painful their partial remedies will be, the way forward will not only be painless but will result in an improvement in the standard of living for everyone on the planet. From limitless and economical clean energy supplies to cheap zero-emission fuel for vehicles to recycling solutions that recover virtually everything without any extra effort on the part of individuals, Prescription for the Planet points the way to a future of almost unbelievable possibility. This is a call to transform the planet through a global energy and environmental revolution. You are cordially invited to participate.
About the Author
Tom Blees is the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), an international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standard of living of people in all nations while repairing our damaged environment. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Prescription for the Planet. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. Tom is also on the board of The World Energy Forum, a UN- & World Bank-affiliated organization whose goal of providing abundant energy for all mankind mirrors the purpose of SCGI. He has acted as a consultant and energy systems advisor to private industry and government from the local to the international level.
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His ideas about building IFRs (integrated fast reactors) via a FDR era, WPA like project (what Tom Blees gives the acronym GREAT) is especially timely considering most economies are in a deep recesssion with large scale unemployment. His ideas would simultanously employ skilled and unskilled workers and decrease ghgs.
This book literally gave me new hope for the future of humanity. However, there are major impediments to implementing his ideas - free market zealots, the fossil fuel industry, and most environmentalists.
The last group really is frustrating because they are well intentioned but naive...wind turbines and solar power are NOT going to cut it folks. Do we really want wind turbines and solar cells covering vast areas of the surface of the planet and still not provide for growing energy demand (these alternative energy sources are much better suited for the developing nations and rural areas)? I would think not. IFRs takes nuclear waste (from traditional slow breeder reactors) and consumes 99% of it to generate large quantities of energy. Please read this book and get organized!
We only have two kinds of problems in the world. Problems caused by people with bad personalities.
And Problems solved by energy being too expensive and polluting. The latter group is solvable.
Blees shows how one technology can make energy cheap enough to open up the economy to include all people in the middle class lifestyle, without bad effects on the planet.
"Thank you for writing your book! Wow! And Bravo!
So many good ideas and such a long list of gored oxen all in one book!"
This book may be a "game changer" on global warming, peak oil, nuclear proliferation, nuclear waste disposal, other waste disposal, resource wars, over population, and abject poverty. It is the best I have seen for assessing whether specific "energy solutions" have the practical features and the quantitative potential to accomplish the needed massive changes at an acceptable cost -- and the book provides enough analysis to focus on a few innovative concepts that seem to have the potential to do the job. Mr. Blees assembles a prescription for the planet that is specific and could be the future we want and need. But the book is just a start.
The key concept -- abundant electrical energy from nuclear "integral fast reactors" (IFRs) -- is attractive because it can be designed with passive safety/shutdown features, it can consume the most problematic nuclear wastes that we have been accumulating, it has access to cheap and abundant fuel, it can be designed with a closed-cycle fuel reprocessing feature to prevent diversion of its fuel for nuclear proliferation, it has no carbon emissions, and it should be less expensive that competing technologies. It has been neglected in the US, apparently because of misinformation and politics. This neglect has occurred in spite of major successes in early research at Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory. But funding was stopped (apparently as a SYMBOLIC gesture motivated by anti-nuclear politics) just as a crucial larger scale demonstration of the fuel recycling technology was to begin. This is outrageous! We must insist that needed research and demonstration be performed on any technology that may turn out to be a game changer! I know we have a government debt problem, but we cannot afford to neglect any idea like this. We must push it far enough so that it's potential (or lack of potential) becomes obvious.
Read the book and figure out what you can do to help push the prescription forward!
This book provides a very comprehensive plan for the future of our planet. From energy production to transportation to solid waste disposal, solutions are proposed to all of our biggest problems; solutions backed by the science and research of engineers and doctors of the sciences. Some proposed solutions seem perhaps a bit fanciful in the short term, but no stone is left unturned and everything is backed by real science.
Reading this book is uplifting, as it reaffirms that we CAN have a bright future in a clean and sustainable world without sacrificing a good standard of living. With the support of the public and the knowledge and determination of the doctors and specialists in each field, nothing seems beyond our reach. Tom Blees makes it clear that, be it for the health of a person or a planet, it is always a good idea to listen to the doctors and follow a prescription.
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